Sen. Nina Turner, Shaun King to join Yes We Can panel on Columbus police brutality

Sen. Nina Turner, Shaun King to join Yes We Can panel on Columbus police brutality

COLUMBUS, OH – On Saturday, September 2 from 7 – 9 p.m., Senator Nina Turner and author and activist Shaun King will join a panel discussion on Columbus Department of Police’s history of excessive use-of-force.

Panelists will speak to local and national issues of racist police violence and violence against peaceful protesters, as well as the consequences of Columbus city officials’ lack of leadership on the issue. Speakers will also address how everyday residents can help change Columbus’ culture of violent policing by electing progressive community leaders to local office.

The panel discussion is hosted by progressive political group Yes We Can, an organization that has endorsed a slate of independent Democrats to challenge the incumbents for City Council and Columbus City School Board.


  • Sen. Nina Turner is one of Ohio’s leading progressive leader, having served in the Ohio Senate and Cleveland City Council, as well as holding leadership roles with the Ohio Democratic Party. A frequent voice in national political news, Sen. Turner is a leader in the nationwide movement to elect progressive changemakers to local office.
  • Shaun King  is an author and civil rights activist. He’s the current Writer-in-Residence for the Fair Justice Project at Harvard University and a former Senior Justice Editor for the New York Daily News. King is a highly sought-after voice for racial justice, with prominent pieces on racist police violence and how to change the culture of policing.
  • Adrienne Hood is the mother of Henry Green, who was shot and killed by Columbus police in June of 2016. Ms. Hood is an outspoken advocate against local police brutality and the over-policing of low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods in Columbus.
  • Jasmine Ayres is a candidate for Columbus City Council and a fierce advocate for justice and equality for all Columbus neighborhoods. A North Side native, Jasmine believes Columbus can build safer neighborhoods through proven community-centric policing models and stronger community programs.
  • Erin Upchurch is a candidate for Columbus City School Board. As a mother, clinical professional and community advocate, Erin understands the affects social injustice, violence and discrimination have on our students and is fighting to address the school-to-prison pipeline in Columbus City Schools.

WHEN: Saturday, September 2, 2017.  Ppublic entrance opens at 5:30 p.m. Speaking portion will start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

WHERE: Room 131 in Hitchcock Hall, The Ohio State University, 2070 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210.